You Spoke To Us, So We Gave You Stuff!!

Ladies and gentlemen, the time is finally upon us! We’ve chosen 8 folks to give these awesome All Hallow’s Read gifts to, and in the interest of fairness and full disclosure, we drew the names on video so you could see the process (and so you could watch Colum silently freak out inside…)

If you recall, we were giving away 2 ebook copies (each) of Bryan Smith’s new urban fantasty/horror novel, Kayla and The Devil; Ronald Malfi’s absolutely chilling novella from Samhain Publishing, Borealis; and Melissa Ecker’s phenomenally scary and out-right sexy, Giving up the Ghost.

We also had 2 signed sets of Mary SanGiovanni’s For Emmy, Bob Ford’s Samson and Denial, and Kelli Owen’s The Neighborhood to give away. A very big Thank You has to go out to Pat Dreadful for trekking down to Horrorfind ’11 and getting these rad little books signed.

And finally, we were giving away volume’s 1 to 4 of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriquez’ badass comic, Locke and Key, in Trade Hardcover  – a killer gift for virtually anyone, and something to consider a prize in your collection.

In the end, a whole slew of you guys entered for a chance to get your hands on these pieces (in fact, there were about 60 more entries than we expected), and we wanted to announce the recipients in a special way.

So here we go, folks. Here’s not only Dreadful Tales’ very first video (implying that there will be more), but also an introduction to your friends in the DT Staff, as well as the names of the recipients of our giveaway.

Enjoy!

DT Staff

All Hallow’s Read (Day 30) A scary book for…

… a person who wants to think.

Of course, there are a slew of bizarro novels that will leave your brain in a knot but Andersen Prunty’s My Fake War explores the philosophy of war in a fun and very thoughtful way.  It is sure to give even the most jaded intellectual a mental workout.

All Hallow’s Read is a book-giving tradition thought up by author Neil Gaiman. We’ll be making book suggestions all month long in case you need ideas!

All Hallow’s Read (Day 29) A scary book for…

…your favorite student.

Kyle is a ordinary twelve year old who is coming of age under very extraordinary circumstances.  This is a story that every student should read as they try to hold on to the magic of youth while facing the trials of adulthood.  Midnight Rain is horror fiction at its finest.

All Hallow’s Read is a book-giving tradition thought up by author Neil Gaiman. We’ll be making book suggestions all month long in case you need ideas!

 

All Hallows Read (Day 28) A scary book for…..

………your favorite teacher.

Darkness, Tell Us tells the tale of Professor Corrie Dalton and a few of her best students. Professor Dalton may be one of Laymon’s most vibrant characters.  She is a total bad-ass and would be the dream teacher for any college aged kid.
All Hallow’s Read is a book-giving tradition thought up by author Neil Gaiman. We’ll be making book suggestions all month long in case you need ideas!

KinderScares’ Halloween Kids Photo Contest – prize post!

Okay folks – we’re seriously loving the entries we’ve gotten so far for the photo contest!  The creepy cuteness abounds!  Keep ’em coming!

(If you’re hearing about this for the first time, check out the contest details here.  Basically, send us a Halloween-themed photo of your kids, or you as a kid.  The contest is open until November 1st, in case y’all get some incredible shots this year that you just have to send in, and winners will be announced November 6th!)

We have three prize packages for the best (best being in this case a highly subjective term meaning ‘whichever really catches our fancy’, haha) three pictures:

The first package consists of 3 kids ebooks by the awesome Scott Nicholson!  We’ll gift you the Kindle editions of Dunkin the Punkin, Too Many Witches, and If I Were Your Monster.  So much fun, and perfect to keep on your e-reader to entertain the kids when you’re stuck in a long line-up or waiting room (ask me how I know…).

The second package contains:
The awesome and inimitable Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex, one of our all-time favourite picture books
A hilariously awesome piece of art called Bert of the Dead by Terry Marsh (Bert and Ernie surrounded by zombies? We freaking LOVE this!).  We picked up a few prints at FanExpo this year.  It’s signed by the artist.
Little Monsters Cookbook for some Halloween foodie fun!

The third package:
A hardcover copy of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich
And A Zombie Ate My Cupcake, which is seriously awesome.

 

Keep the pics coming! Happy Halloween weekend everybody!

All Hallow’s Read (Day 27) A scary book for…

…your arch nemesis.

There are two books that affected me so much that I really didn’t know what to do with myself afterward.

First up is Chainsaw Terror by Nick Blake, the pen name of Shaun Hutson. This one was released in the 80’s only to be touted as one of the most brutal, nasty, and disgusting books of all time. My issue with it was that it didn’t deliver on all fronts (especially for the amount I paid when tracking it down.) Well, not in comparison to today’s standards, anyway. But if your arch nemesis can’t take scenes of people being torn asunder by chainsaws… this one is a brilliant weapon. It is a nasty book, but not as nasty as I thought it would be.

I know a lot of people would choose Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door as the author’s most brutal read, but I disagree. There’s a scene in Off Season that just got he right where it counts. It’s the exact instance where the action kicks off, and those who have read it will remember the window scene, that absolutely killed me. I had a panic attack while reading this on the subway. Ketchum’s writing is so tight and so vivid that I couldn’t help myself. I freaked out…

… and when I recounted this story to the author, he had a little fun with it.

All Hallow’s Read is a book-giving tradition thought up by author Neil Gaiman. We’ll be making book suggestions all month long in case you need ideas!

All Hallows Read (Day 26) A scary book for…

…people who like their fiction short.  Really short.

 

Fiction doesn’t come much shorter or more awesome than Half-Minute Horrors! This collection of super-short tales by a variety of well-known writers is aimed at kids around 10 and up. It’s also creepy as all get out! These little bites of literary terror even scared us a few times.

 

All Hallow’s Read is a book-giving tradition thought up by author Neil Gaiman. We’ll be making book suggestions all month long in case you need ideas!